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Commission honors business students

There are 12 students from two Barton County high schools headed to the national Future Business Leaders of America conference later this month in San Antonio, Texas. They were recognized Monday morning as the Barton County Commission approved a proclamation honoring them.

June 04, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Lorene Bethell honored to represent 113th District

TOPEKA - Lorene Bethell said she felt her husband's presence from the moment she entered the Kansas House of Representatives' session Friday.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Honor Flights still on mission

Maybe a local group can't officially use the name "Honor Flights," anymore, but the former Central Prairie Honor Flights, coordinated by the Great Bend Central Prairie Resource Conservation and Development office, is proceeding full speed ahead. The governing board of Honor Flights Network, based in Springfield, Ohio, voted to decertify Central Prairie Honor Flights in April. The local group has earned state and national recognition for honoring World War II veterans. The chairman of the Honor Flights Network offered no explanation why Central Prairie Honor Flights lost its certification. The Central Prairie Honor Flights have coordinated 17 flights for ...

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Sterling physician applies for 113th District position

STERLING - A physician who works part-time at the Great Bend Regional Medical Center has announced his candidacy for the 113th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives formerly held by the late Bob Bethell of Alden. Lorene Bethell will finish his term in the Kansas Legislature, but does not plan to seek a full term.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


PURE MAGIC

The first thing "Matthew the Magician," did before coming to Great Bend was check the weather forecast.

June 02, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


New captain raised to be firefighter

Great Bend Fire Department firefighter Travis Parmley has really climbed the ladder, so to speak. The eight-year GBFD veteran was promoted to captain in May.

June 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


School at home

Alicia Straub is thankful she overheard the conversation that day in Pizza Hut.

May 31, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE YOUNG Tribune correspondent | News


Gas prices lower statewide than expected

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, stunning analysts who expected prices to be higher with the arrival of the summer driving season.

May 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


City flush with art

LUCAS – The residents of this small, artsy Russell County community want you to flush your money down the toilet, specifically, their toilet.

May 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Two Kansans advance in National Spelling Bee

Friends and family of Clara Wicoff cheered her on Wednesday during rounds two and three of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Iola student was the 2012 champion of the Great Bend Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee, making her one of three Kansans at the national bee that got under way Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

May 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Wheat harvest off and running

The early wheat harvest is off to a fast start with farmers bringing in their loads to various Great Bend Co-op locations.

May 30, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Busy weekend in store

There are many events planned in Barton County for the first-ever June Jaunt this weekend. Many events are free or require a small charge.

May 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GET YOUR KICKS

In her office Wednesday, City of Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes continued to tweak the final details for this weekend's massive multi-city tourism initiative. She still gets questions.

May 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County departments keep busy

Barton County Departments are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Tuesday morning.

May 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Story comes full circle Fallen soldier remembered

ELLINWOOD - A story that began almost 100 years ago with the birth of Thomas Edward Cooney on July 24, 1917 in Ellinwood, came full circle this Memorial Day weekend, when his life and his service to his country were remembered and celebrated.

May 29, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


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Jurors meet LaVeta Miller

Since testimony began Tuesday, the jury in the trial of LaVeta Miller has heard from several witnesses and Barton County Douglas Mathews has introduced more than 100 pieces of evidence. Defense attorney Robert Anderson has introduced more than 40 pieces of evidence, and cross-examined each witness.

March 05, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Miller takes the witness stand

After the state presented its final witness Thursday in Barton County District Court, defendant LaVeta Miller stepped to the witness stand to testify. Charged with two counts of theft by deception, the Great Bend woman began to explain her work as former director of Central Prairie RC&D and its most prominent program, Central Prairie Honor Flights.

March 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


CLAFLIN’S GEM

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Jackie Stiles, the high school basketball legend from Claflin, who is the leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball history is among 12 individuals selected for the 2015 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

March 05, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Detective saved by local teamwork

Great Bend Police Detective Scott Bieberle, 44, was recovering at Hays Medical Center, after collapsing Wednesday, city officials announced in a news release Thursday afternoon.

March 05, 2015 | | News


USD 431 calls for bond election

At the Monday, March 2 meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education meeting, members approved a resolution calling for a bond election in hopes of gain approval to issue a General Obligation Bond to fund the building of a new school building for Lincoln Elementary School and to upgrade security and other systems at the district's other three buildings.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Farm expo contract extended

The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is set for April 8-10 at the Great Bend Expo Complex, but the real news is that the show will be in Great Bend at least another five years.

March 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


storm spotters

So far, Barton County and Kansas has been fortunate. Reports of severe weather have been minimal in 2015.

March 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


​KBI agent testifies Miller deposited checks for fictitious invoices

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Clint Hawkins said checks that Central Prairie Honor Flights members thought were written to businesses wound up instead in the banking account of the nonprofit organization's director, LaVeta Miller. Hawkins testified Wednesday in Barton County District Court, where Miller is on trial for two counts of theft by deception, each greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000.

March 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Pertussis case confirmed at GBHS

Wednesday afternoon, USD 428 sent an email letter to parents informing them that a chase of Pertussis (whooping cough) had been confirmed at the high school. The letter warned of the symptoms and what parents need to do if they suspect their child is infected.

March 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County backs effort to recognize historic routes

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved offering a letter of support for an effort by Ellinwood residents to make the historic Chisholm and Great Western Trail a national historic trail.

March 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Former Honor Flight secretary reviews checks

The former treasurer of Central Prairie Honor Flights spent nearly four hours on the witness stand Tuesday, reviewing dozens of checks - including some deposited into the personal checking account of LaVeta Miller.

March 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


OTR for March 4, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 03, 2015 | | News


Residents asked to remove flowers from cemetery

The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.

March 03, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.

March 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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